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kayak fishing

Posted: November 9, 2009 by Jeff Fabiszewski in Florida Kayaking

Yes, I actually caught two fish.  The last time I caught a fish I was 15.  It is an odd thing to admit because I have been on the water with a lot of kayak anglers.  We even shared our knowledge.  I taught them how to paddle without effort.  And they taught me how to think like a fish.  After all of my practice casting it finally worked.  My friends have always had fun with this failure fo mine.  The running joke is that the first fish I catch will probably be caught with my mouth instead of  with a lure.  Because of all of the rolling I do.

Tony and I were fishing inshore saltwater.  Within a five mile radius of an inlet island we fished on the flats, around docks, under a bridge, and at the edge of a channel.  Then before the sun set we made camp on an island.  My two fish were too small to keep.  However Tony caught some legal size ones.

With our fish we ate roasted corn, potatoes, and baked apples.  We toasted the night with a little rum and then went night fishing.  We only caught some horseshoe crabs and snails.  We cooked the snails with a little butter.  It tasted great!

I will never eat wild snails again.¬† It became quickly apparent that it did not agree with me.¬† Oops…

The sunrise completed a beautiful night.  We fished near the boat channel as we paddled back to the boat launch.  Tony caught three more redfish.  I was not so successful.

This was a rewarding and peaceful experience.  I definitely recommend everyone to try their hand at kayak fishing.  At best you catch some fish.  At worst you get a chance to play like a kid again.

– Jeff

I choose to sometimes use a single blade Tuktu Paddle when I go kayak fishing for one reason.  Paddling should stay simple.  When meandering through the mangrove trails in Tampa Bay Florida it is a simple maneuver to use a single blade kayak paddle, also known as a canoe paddle, for it does not get easily hung up on low hanging branches.  Nor do I need to worry about dunking my fishing reel into the saltwater to break down a two-piece kayak paddle.

It is an easy trick for me to quickly transition from paddling to casting.  The Tuktu Paddle silently slides neatly under the bow compartment straps of my Ocean Kayak Prowler 13.  In addition, because of the paddles convenient size it makes a great backup paddle when it is stowed on the port side of my kayak under a bungee strap.  This old yet tried and true paddle technology of the first anglers is a great type of paddle.  It is compact, easy to use, and a great part of fishing history.  Go to to get you piece of fishing history today.


The paddle has a traditional Tlingit raven design on it